Audi A7 Sportback (2011 – 2018) Review

Audi A7 Sportback (2011 – 2018) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Audi A7 is a distinctive fastback luxury car that mixes a sporting flavour with a surprisingly versatile side to its nature, and offers an interesting alternative to the Audi A6 and Audi A8.

+Spacious and luxurious interior. Rarity ensures a degree of exclusivity. 3.0 BiTDI engine with 313PS is immensely quick.

-Multitronic CVT in lower powered 3.0 TDI is not very responsive. Looks not to all tastes.

Insurance Groups are between 33–45
On average it achieves 73% of the official MPG figure

In 2011, the Audi A7 Sportback was launched as a response to the Mercedes CLS and another upmarket German offering, the BMW 5 Series GT. As with its rivals, it delivered a lot of luxury wrapped in a four-door fastback body. But it also straddled classes to give the Jaguar XF and Jaguar XJ saloons something to worry about, too. Read on for our full Audi A7 Sportback review.

The Audi A7 Sportback isn’t an easy car to pigeonhole. A master of continually creating new niche markets, Audi described it as “executive travel with a new slant”.

The idea was it blended the comfort of a saloon with the practicality of a hatchback, all wrapped up in the sleek shape of a coupe.

Designed to bridge the narrow gap between the Audi A6 and the Audi A8, it sits alongside other ‘alternative’ models like the Mercedes CLS and BMW 5 Series GT, offering similar levels of refinement and luxury, while the five-door hatchback bodystyle explains why it carries the Sportback badge.

This is very evident inside, where the interior is similar to the contemporary Audi A8 in its controls and amazing attention to detail. The quality and finish are superb and it has that solid, well-built feel that’s become a trademark of Audi cars.

It comes with a decent navigation and multimedia system, along with DAB digital radio, Bluetooth and an electrically opening tailgate as standard. To help it stand out, there’s also a subtle rear spoiler on the hatch which automatically raises at 80mph.

Travelling in the Audi A7 Sportback is a delight thanks to supreme refinement, amazing sound insulation and a smooth ride.

It also handles very well with great grip – especially so in the quattro four-wheel-drive models – and impressive poise in corners. It may look like an Audi A8 from the front, but it’s based on the chassis as the Audi A6 of the same period.

The Audi A7 Sportback features the company’s best engines of the time, all of which offer strong performance with good economy, helped by an automatic stop/start system.

The 3.0 TDI is impressively efficient given its size, yet still has plenty of pace when needed.

Some people may ask why the Audi A7 Sportback was needed when there was already the luxurious Audi A8, the Audi A6 and the Audi A5 Sportback in the line-up.

However it does offer something genuinely different, and for those who like to have a car that’s not quite run of the mill but still offers upmarket appeal and quality, it makes a great choice.

Fancy a new Audi A7 Sportback? Read our review of the latest model here.

Ask Honest John

Should I replace my beloved diesel Audi A7 with a petrol version to avoid plummeting resale value?

"Four years ago you suggested looking at an Audi A7 BiTDI. I've loved the car and managed to find a 15 month old SE with tech pack, comfortable seats, rear a/c, etc. It's now done 36,000 miles (25,000 with us) and we're making a family decision whether the value will start to plummet given the backlash against diesel. Is it time to move to petrol? A lot of my journeys are increasingly less than ten miles, which obviously suggest petrol, but as you noted the engine design of the A7 means it has never had the DPF problems other diesels suffer. The car has a full dealer service history and is in excellent condition, though it will need set of tyres in the next six months. I'v had various online quotes around £21,000, with Webuyanycar offering £21,700 before they inspect her. So, once again, your advice is very welcome."
You're in the happy situation of having an exceptional car for which there is strong used demand now, but might not be in the future. Your problem is your likely disappointment with a petrol engined replacement. It makes sense to get out of the Audi now, but tearing yourself away might be difficult.
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What is the Real MPG on an Audi A7 Sportback?

"What is the Real MPG on an Audi A7 quattro?"
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Buying a used Audi - A5 or A7?

"I want to buy a used Audi quattro 3.0 diesel automatic. I can't decide between the A5 and A7. Can you please tell me the pros and cons of each car, to help with my decision?"
The A7 is simply bigger. Test and video here: Car by car entry here: A5 V6 TDI test here: A5 2011 Sportback test here: Car by car entry here:
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Is the dealer liable for my broken gearbox?

"I bought an Audi A7 eight months ago from a BMW dealership. Last week the car developed gearbox problems I took the car to an Audi centre and was told that it has the wrong oil in the gearbox. The problem will cost £10,000 to fix. What should I do? "
Presumably this is the seven-speed longitudinal s-tronic. That needs a change of fluid and filter every three years or so. If the BMW dealer filled it with normal ATF, then that is the problem. But anyway, you didn't, so liability rests with the dealer who sold you the car, even though it's outside the six months when a dealer is automatically liable. Hit the dealer who sold you the car for the £10k transmission replacement cost, or have him buy the car back from you for its current market value. Better the former because the county court small claims limit is £10k.
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